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Admission information

  • Please do not feed your cat/dog after 8pm the evening before surgery (rabbits should not be starved though – their food should be left in place) Water should be made available as normal but removed on the morning of surgery.
  • We will need to admit your pet at the Barnstaple Cross clinic between 8.30am – 9.15am on the morning of the planned procedure, please arrive at your booked time to avoid a wait, then a signed consent form will be completed with one of our veterinary team.
  • If you require an estimate of the cost involved please don’t hesitate to ask one of our staff. Payment in full will be required on your pets discharge.
  • We will require a contact telephone number so we can contact you while your pet is in our care, as we may need to discuss the case with you.
  • We aim to carry out our procedures in the morning which will allow adequate monitoring time for your pet’s recovery. We will ask you to contact us between 1pm – 2pm to arrange a suitable discharge appointment.
  • Depending on the health status and age of your pet, we may recommend pre-anaesthetic blood tests to check your pets internal organs are functioning normally. This will help minimise any risks associated with your pets anaesthetic as well as highlight any underlying diseases to allow prompt intervention.

All surgical, anaesthesia and hospital cases follow strict guidelines of
patient care as follows:

1 – Qualified veterinary nurses perform a pre-operative check on every patient. This includes temperature checks, heart and respiratory rate, circulatory function and demeanour. The operating veterinary surgeon will then double check these parameters prior to surgery.

2 – Pre-Medications, antibiotic and pain
relief injections are administered, this ensures your pet will be pain free and
calm for their anaesthetic and surgery.

3 – Once anaesthetised a breathing tube is placed in the windpipe. This is connected to an anaesthetic machine providing oxygen and anaesthetic inhalation agent – this means we have airway access throughout the procedure through to recovery.

4 – Trained veterinary nurses monitor the anaesthesia using their skills and experience alongside specialised equipment. Information is provided on circulatory and cardiac function and the equipment used includes Oesophageal stethoscopes, pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors, ECG machines, thermometers and intravenous fluid therapy ECT.

5 – Heat pads are used in theatre and in your pets kennel to prevent hypothermia, and modern anaesthetic drugs are used to minimise anaesthesia risks. We have a comprehensive selection of surgical instruments to suit each patient. We have a designated operating theatre and all our veterinary surgeons wear sterile gowns, caps and gloves to help minimise any infection risk.